Kiss 40

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Kiss 40
Kiss 40 album cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by Kiss
Released May 23, 2014
Recorded 1973–2013
Genre Hard rock
Length 2:31:07
Label Universal Music Group
Producer Various
Kiss chronology
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Kiss 40
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Kiss 40 (also known as Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels) is a compilation released by Kiss to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary.[2]

Information[edit]

The album contains one track from every album the band have released over their 40-year career including live albums, the 1978 solo albums, as well as songs from compilations, the three instant live albums, which are commercially available for the first time and one unreleased song ("Reputation").[3]

The album is the first released by the band since their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[4]

A limited edition Best Buy exclusive version was released that came with a T-shirt.[5]

The Japanese edition features an exclusive track "Hell or Hallelujah (Live at Budokan 2013)".[6]

Reception[edit]

Reception for the album has been mostly positive. In David Jeffries' review for AllMusic, he praised the album for being "filled with classics and desirable extras" but questioned the album's "odd one song-per-album rule" before finishing the review by commenting that "this is a triumph of format and the band's longevity, but not necessarily a knockout introduction".

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Nothin' to Lose" Gene Simmons Kiss, 1974 3:23
2. "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll" Simmons, Paul Stanley Hotter Than Hell, 1974 2:14
3. "C'mon and Love Me" Stanley Dressed to Kill, 1975 2:55
4. "Rock and Roll All Nite (Live)" Simmons; Stanley Alive!, 1975 3:59
5. "God of Thunder (Demo)" Stanley The Box Set, 2001; originally from Destroyer, 1976 2:55
6. "Beth" Bob Ezrin, Peter Criss, Stan Penridge Destroyer 2:45
7. "Hard Luck Woman" Stanley Rock and Roll Over, 1976 3:32
8. "Reputation (Demo)" Simmons Previously unreleased, 2014 5:39
9. "Christine Sixteen" Simmons Love Gun, 1977 3:11
10. "Shout It Out Loud (Live)" Ezrin, Simmons, Stanley Alive II, 1977 3:25
11. "Strutter ‘78" Simmons, Stanley Double Platinum, 1978 3:40
12. "You Matter to Me" John Vastano, Michael Morgan, Vini Poncia Peter Criss, 1978 3:14
13. "Radioactive" Simmons Gene Simmons, 1978 3:51
14. "New York Groove" Russ Ballard Ace Frehley, 1978 2:59
15. "Hold Me, Touch Me (Think of Me When We're Apart)" Stanley Paul Stanley, 1978 3:39
16. "I Was Made for Lovin' You (Single edit)" Desmond Child, Stanley, Poncia Dynasty, 1979 4:01
17. "Shandi" Stanley, Poncia Unmasked, 1980 3:34
18. "A World Without Heroes" Ezrin, Simmons, Lou Reed, Stanley Music from "The Elder", 1981 2:37
19. "I Love It Loud" Stanley, Vinnie Vincent Creatures of the Night, 1982 4:12
20. "Down on Your Knees" Mikel Japp, Stanley, Bryan Adams Killers, 1982 3:27
21. "Lick It Up" Stanley, Vincent Lick It Up, 1983 3:53
22. "Heaven's on Fire" Child, Stanley Animalize, 1984 3:17
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Tears Are Falling" Stanley Asylum, 1985 3:52
2. "Reason to Live" Child, Stanley Crazy Nights, 1987 3:59
3. "Let's Put the X in Sex" Child, Stanley Smashes, Thrashes & Hits, 1988 3:48
4. "Forever (Remix)" Michael Bolton, Stanley Hot in the Shade, 1989 3:51
5. "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II" Ezrin, Simmons, Stanley, Ballard Revenge, 1992 5:20
6. "Unholy (Live)" Simmons, Vincent Alive III, 1993 3:31
7. "Do You Love Me? (Live Unplugged)" Stanley, Ezrin, Kim Fowley Kiss Unplugged, 1996 3:15
8. "Room Service (Live)" Stanley You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!, 1996 3:37
9. "Jungle (Radio edit)" Stanley, Bruce Kulick, Curtis Cuomo Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions, 1997 4:53
10. "Psycho Circus" Stanley, Cuomo Psycho Circus, 1998 4:50
11. "Nothing Can Keep Me from You" Diane Warren Detroit Rock City soundtrack, 1999 4:04
12. "Detroit Rock City (Live)" Stanley, Ezrin Kiss Symphony: Alive IV, 2003 4:43
13. "Deuce (Live)" Simmons Kiss Instant Live, 2004 3:51
14. "Firehouse (Live)" Stanley Alive: The Millennium Concert, 2006 3:52
15. "Modern Day Delilah" Stanley Sonic Boom, 2009 3:36
16. "Cold Gin (Live)" Ace Frehley Kiss Alive 35, 2008-2009 5:30
17. "Crazy Crazy Nights (Live)" Adam Mitchell, Stanley Kiss Sonic Boom Over Europe, 2010 4:08
18. "Hell or Hallelujah" Stanley Monster, 2012 4:07
19. "Hell or Hallelujah (Live)" Stanley Japanese bonus track, 2014 5:07

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 31
Spanish Albums Chart 55
U.S. Albums Chart 30

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar(Disc 1, tracks 1-5, 7-11, 15-22; Disc 2), lead vocals, (Disc 1, tracks 3, 5, 10-11, 15-17, 20-22; Disc 2 tracks 1-5, 7-12, 14, 16-18), acoustic guitar (Disc 2, track 7)
  • Ace Frehley – lead guitar(Disc 1, tracks 1-5, 7-11, 14, 16-18; Disc 2, tracks 10-11, 14), lead vocals, (Disc 1, track 14), acoustic guitar (Disc 1 track 18)
  • Gene Simmons – bass guitar(Disc 1, tracks 1-5, 7-11, 13, 16-22; Disc 2), lead vocals, (Disc 1, tracks 1-2, 4, 8-10, 13, 18-19; Disc 2 tracks 5-6, 13, 15), acoustic bass (Disc 2, track 7)
  • Peter Criss – drums(Disc 1, tracks 1-5, 7-12, 16-17; Disc 2, tracks 11-12, 15), lead vocals, (Disc 1, tracks 6-7, 12), (for Disc 1 tracks 16-17 credit only)
  • Eric Carr – drums, vocals, (Disc 1, tracks 18-22; Disc 2, tracks 1-4)
  • Vinnie Vincent – lead guitar, vocals, (Disc 1, track 19 and track 21)
  • Mark St. John – lead guitar, (Disc 1, track 22)
  • Bruce Kulick – lead guitar, backing vocals, (Disc 2, tracks 1-9), acoustic guitar (Disc 2, track 7)
  • Eric Singer – drums, backing vocals, (Disc 2, tracks 5-9, 13, 15-19)
  • Tommy Thayer – lead guitar, backing vocals, (Disc 2, tracks 10, 12-13, 15-19)

with

  • Bob Kulick - lead guitar (Disc 1, track 20)
  • Bob Ezrin - piano (Disc 1, track 6)
  • Dick Wagner - acoustic guitar (Disc 1, track 6)
  • Kevin Valentine - drums (Disc 2, track 10)
  • Tobias Nievelstein – recording engineer (Disc 2, track 16 and 17)
  • Anton Fig - drums (disc 1, tracks 16-17)

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